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Jazz & Blues Festival Concert Pairs the Music of Two Very Different Singer-Songwriters

By Tere Urtusastegui

At first glance, Carole King and Bob Dylan might not seem all that alike: Dylan, called “the voice of his generation,” ignited the 1960s with his political songs that inspired the burgeoning counterculture. King, meanwhile, was known more for songs that focused on relationships and introspection.

The choice by organizers at the XXV International Jazz & Blues Festival to combine the music of these two legendary yet very different performers from the ‘60s and ‘70s in a single concert is a fascinating one, sure to reveal new insights into both these artist’s catalogues.

Two talented musicians from New York City, Victoria Reed and Erik Deutsch, will interpret King and Dylan’s songs at this unique performance on August 14 at the Teatro Ángela Peralta.

Carole King is an American singer-songwriter active since 1958, initially as one of the staff songwriters at the Brill Building and later as a solo artist. King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which for more than 20 years held the record for the most weeks at number one by a female artist. She’s estimated to have sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. The hits she’s penned and performed, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “It’s Too Late,” “One Fine Day,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” have influenced multiple decades of songwriters.

Bob Dylan, not just a singer-songwriter but also an accomplished author, poet, and visual artist, has been a major figure in popular culture for more than 50 years. His songs from the early 1960s, including “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin,’” were anthems for the civil rights and antiwar movements. His lyrics during this period incorporated a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences and defied pop-music conventions. He has received 10 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and even an Academy Award.

Deutsche, a pianist and composer, has taken his talents across the globe to play with some of the finest musicians alive. He has performed and recorded with jazz, pop, rock, bluegrass, and country artists ranging from Norah Jones to Rosanne Cash to Charlie Hunter, and John Scofield. Career highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Lincoln Center, The Grand Ole Opry, and Madison Square Garden.

Singer-songwriter Victoria Reed was raised in a musical household in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. As the daughter of Alto Reed, the charismatic saxophonist with Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, Victoria is making her own noise: Her debut album, Chariot, was released in late February 2018, earning strong reviews.

Rodrigo Velazquez will accompany the pair on tenor saxophone, Rick Shlosser will be on drums, and Antonio Lozoya will be on bass.

Tickets are available on PayPal and at the Ángela Peralta Theater box office.



XXV International Jazz & Blues Festival presents

“An Evening with Carole King and Bob Dylan”

Wed, Aug 14, 7pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Mesones 82, Centro


450, 400, and 300 pesos

Angela Peralta Theater box office




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